Mixed-up Days

"Then comes a Mixed-Up Day. And WHAM! I don't know who or what I am! But it all turns out all right, you see. And I go back to being...me." Dr. Seuss, My Many Colored Days

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Time to PANIC

Over the summer, school computer files were moved to new servers and ALL OF “MY DOCUMENTS” ARE GONE. All of them. Gone. 14 years of documents. GONE. Not only that, but I can no longer even SAVE any NEW documents. Because the entire file is GONE.

They are working on it. I am told that my documents still exist, I just can’t access them, and I dearly hope that’s the case. I’m trying not to tear my hair out…school starts Wednesday and if nothing else, I have got to have my “first day of school” newsletter to send home. I’d really, really rather not have to try and recreate it.

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It’s our first day back, for meetings and the open house tonight. The kids arrive a week from today. I have to admit that I’m not as enthusiastic and excited as usual, as I’ve had a terrible summer. But finding these pencil cup holders gave me my first bit of glee in a long while! Aren’t they awesome? Now students have a place to keep their own scissors, a glue stick, and of course a few pencils. They can carry the cups away or reach them from where they sit, too. I added number tags to each that correspond to each seat’s number. The holder parts did have handles but they fell off if you looked at them too hard, so I decided to just remove them now.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this works out as well as I hope it does!

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I’ve been visiting my parents (I’m SO behind on Tumblr, I don’t think I can even try to catch up at this point). Above are pictures of corals and creatures in my dad’s saltwater aquarium!

Back to real life, now. I have two professional development classes this week, and I want to work out how to incorporate the idea of a “genius hour” into a first grade classroom. I love the concept, but I’m not sure how it works with primary students.

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I’m a bit jealous of teachers who can go work in their classrooms over the summer. We always get our keys taken away and aren’t allowed back until late August. There is so much I’d like to do, just a bit at a time, instead of all in a rush the two weeks before school starts!